||1973 - 1977
ABOUT THE SERIES
Mike Locken is freelance operative.
He was an agent with SYOPS, at least in the prologue. It certainly isn't every series that starts out with the hero leaving the Intelligence profession with a major disability, but that is what happens with the Michael Locken series.
Locken was a veteran agent for SYOPS, an American agency with an interesting mission. They were not spies or counterespionage agents; they were movers. If there was a person at Point A who needed to be a Point B and others wanted it stopped, it was SYOPS that was called. Making the job even more interesting was that sometimes the person wanted moved and sometimes they didn't. To SYOPS people, it didn't matter.
Locken was probably the best there was until a mistake by a junior agent lets in an assassin whose gun shots ends Locken's career and nearly his life. But it is just the start of the next stage in the life of a man who won't stay dead. Six months of recovery, a brace on his knee he must always wear, and an elbow that still doesn't work right, he didn't think he would have another life but he does and he is planning to make the most of it.
Unlike the book covers which proclaim Locken as a CIA agent, he is for the length of the series, a free agent, hired by different agencies to handle exceptional jobs, especially when they do not want blame to come back on them in case of failure. Because of his injuries, a lot of the people he works with and against do not believe he is as good as he is. They are wrong. In many cases, they are dead wrong.
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The first book in the series was turned into an incredibly intense action movie by Sam Peckinpah in 1975, starring James Caan and Robert Duvall. The storyline is changed quite a bit as is normal but is still well worth watching because anything Mr. Caan and Mr. Duvall do is worth watching.
The Killer Elite
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Writers: Marc Norman, Stirling Silliphant
Actors: James Caan as Mike Locken, Robert Duvall as George Hansen
From IMDB: "Mike Locken, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the CIA, is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life."
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